Low Impact Development

The Puget Sound Action Team has assumed a leadership role in promoting "low impact development" (LID) techniques, specifically in relation to stormwater management. Information related to LID can be found on the Action Team's Low Impact Development program page, including the following publications:
  • "Low Impact Development" (LID) brochure (PDF)
  • Natural Approaches to Stormwater Development: Low Impact Development in Puget Sound (March 2003) - compilation of examples of individual practices, new and redevelopment projects, local government ordinances, and more from individuals and organizations who are using practices that better protect Puget Sound's water quality, fish habitat, and other resources
  • Low Impact Development Technical Guidance Manual for Puget Sound (January 2005) - in partnership with Washington State University (WSU) Extension, Pierce County

Jefferson County LID Evaluation


The Puget Sound Action Team selected Jefferson County in 2005 as part of a set of a dozen local governments to receive consultant assistance to examine development regulations to optimize opportunities to employ LID stormwater management techniques. Following are links to PDF documents related to the evaluation:
  • Project Summary
  • Minutes for Kick-off Meeting June 8, 2005
  • Suggested Amendments for Jefferson County Code (JCC)
  • Clearing and Grading section 1.5 MB
  • Planned Rural Residential Development (PRRD) section
  • New Planned Low Impact Development (PLID) land division section